Troubled “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” star Nicholas Brendon nearly ended his train-wreck life in an attempted suicide — and the shocking incident was caught on tape!
The video, obtained exclusively by The National ENQUIRER, shows the 44-year-old actor slicing his left wrist not once, but twice, as he staggers around with a knife in his right hand.
Nicholas then slouches on a sidewalk until confronted by a passerby.
The ENQUIRER has chosen to publish these frightening images in the hope Nicholas will get the help he needs.
The episode unfolded in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., in September during a nine-day meltdown that capped years of woe for Nicholas, including multiple rehab stints, hotel room ruckuses and arrests.
During his breakdown, Nicholas had three separate brushes with local cops, was hospitalized and ended up with a slew of charges for choking his girlfriend.
Police also told The ENQUIRER the “Criminal Minds” actor had two separate “mental health” episodes.
The first incident came when Nicholas slit his wrist around 10 p.m. on Sept. 22. Earlier that evening, cameras at a nearby bar captured the distraught actor sitting alone and apparently sipping a beer. The ENQUIRER also obtained that tape.
The second incident, on Sept. 23, occurred off a busy main street around 5 p.m. It ended with cops escorting Nicholas to a local hospital.
The actor wasn’t charged in either incident, but his luck ran out on Sept. 30 when police were summoned to the Springs Motel by Nicholas’ girlfriend — an unnamed 33-year-old. Nicholas allegedly choked her, stole her car keys, hurled her cell phone and threw a chair against the wall, authorities said.
“There was alcohol involved,” a police spokesman confirmed.
The star was charged with a felony count of robbery, plus two counts of criminal mischief and one count of obstruction of breathing, police said.
Nicholas was due in court Oct. 16. He entered rehab in June for the third time this year, and stormed out of an interview on “Dr. Phil” in August.
Following the disastrous interview, Nicholas wrote on his Facebook page: “My illnesses and addictions are a daily struggle for me … I’m the first to admit I’ve messed up, a lot, and I’ve hurt people I care about and who care about me.”
– Mike Jaccarino